After leaving our last post on the Aero TTiD with such high praise, things have taken a slight down turn following my most recent set of travels.
One of the first things I did after the last update was a run through the mountains. The first thing I noticed which remained evident through the entire trip was the torque-steer. It's not too vicious, but is amplified due to the light steering.
The big steering wheel tends to jerk from one side to the other all too easily, and there seems to be no variation in steering weight from standstill to highway speeds. The car would certainly benefit from a variable setup of some sort, otherwise the torque-steer and abrasions in the road start taking over and irritating the heck out of the driver.
If you put the steering to one side though, it isn't such a sorry tale. Torque out of corners always seems to be available courtesy of the twin hair-dryers attached to the motor.
Gear shifts are quick and easy and there's enough room for the odd heel-toe.
The best part about the package has to be the brakes though. The anchors on the 9-3 Aero pull this thing up in tremendous fashion. The system seems to be tailored for the road as it holds the brakes on for longer (which can be seen by visible tyre marks on the road).
One point of concern for me is the stability control. Our standard test circuit includes a section of dirt which is a good test bed for a vehicle's stability control. The Saab's system seems to intervene quite late and when it does finally take action, it doesn't do all that much to bring the car into line. A heap of driver input is required to pull the car back onto a straight track.
This is a good point for sporty driving, but a bad one if things get out of shape. I also can't seem to find the button anywhere to switch off the stability control!
This latest stint of driving has included plenty of city kilometres, so as I expected, the fuel consumption has rised slightly. We are now sitting on 5.8-litres/100km.
The latest update also brings with it even more compliments from passers-by about the LED strip on the headlights.
Our performance tests indicate the 9-3 Aero TTiD is on par with Saab's 0-100km/h claims. Saab claims a 0-100km/h time of 8.5-seconds for the six-speed manual, our best run was 8.63-seconds. The stability control intefered during takeoff, so it would easily achieve 8.5-seconds had the stability control been switched off.
Tests conducted by Paul Maric. Graph shows Speed | Time | Distance